Detroit Metropolitan Airport to provide update on 2019 runway reconstruction plans

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Mar 03

DETROIT (March 3, 2018) – The Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) invites the community to attend a public information meeting on March 7, 2018. Participants will receive an update on the 2019 reconstruction of Runway 3L-21R and its associated taxiways at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW). In December, the Airport Authority held a meeting that provided an overview of DTW’s plans. The March session will highlight the project’s environmental analysis, which determined there are no significant environmental effects or extraordinary circumstances associated with the runway reconstruction.

There will not be a formal presentation during the public information meeting. Instead, participants may arrive anytime between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Airport Authority staff members and their design team will be available to explain the objectives of the reconstruction project and the outcome of the environmental analysis. Copies of the analysis are available at

"This reconstruction project will not only result in new pavement but also improved runway and taxiway lighting," said WCAA Vice President of Planning, Design and Construction Tom McCarthy. "Similar to our work on Runway 4L-22R that was completed in 2016, we will incorporate environmentally sustainable practices into this project."

Work on Runway 3L-21R is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2019 and conclude by winter 2020. The runway will only be closed for one construction season. This project is the result of DTW’s Master Plan, which addresses the increasing needs of the airport’s customers and stakeholders.

Detroit Metropolitan Airport 2019 Runway Reconstruction Public Information Meeting

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Wayne County Community College District

Downriver Campus – Ray Mix Room

21000 Northline Road, Taylor, MI 48180

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) welcomed nearly 35 million passengers in 2017 and is one of the world’s leading air transportation hubs. With service from 13 scheduled passenger airlines, Michigan’s largest airport offers more than 1,100 flights per day to and from more than 140 non-stop destinations on four continents. With two award-winning passenger terminals, six jet runways, and an onsite AAA Four-Diamond Westin Hotel, DTW is among the world’s most efficient, customer friendly and operationally capable airports in North America. DTW is operated by the Wayne County Airport Authority, which also operates nearby Willow Run Airport – an important corporate, cargo and general aviation facility. The Airport Authority is entirely self-sustaining and does not receive tax dollars to support airport operations. Visit for more information

Erica Donerson
Vice President, Communications and External Affairs
Wayne County Airport Authority
Lisa Gass
Media Relations Manager
Wayne County Airport Authority